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Dispatcher Training in Surrey

Transportation Operations and Dispatching

Dispatchers are communications professionals operating in the transport and trucking industries. Their job consists primarily of tracking vehicles, personnel and equipment, schedule coordination and transmitting and receiving clear and reliable information.

Dispatcher Training Program at ATC Surrey

In Surrey, British Columbia, training as a dispatcher is available through the Automotive Training Centre (ATC). 50% of classwork consists of knowledgeable instructors providing students with a solid foundation of industry fundamentals and practises. The remaining 50% is focused on learning the ins and outs of industry-specific software systems which are required for a career as a dispatcher. All equipment used by ATC is state of the art.

Some of the areas covered include:

  • Transportation and dispatch operations
  • Transportation foundations
  • Fleet maintenance & administration
  • Safety & compliance
  • Hours of service & documentation
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Transportation of dangerous goods
  • Load securement
  • Software knowledge: PC Miler, Satellite System Training, Freight Logix, LoadLink, IRP (International Registration Plan) and Automated Commercial Environment (ACE)

In addition to the 16 week classroom component, ATC provides students with three weeks of experience working in the field.

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Dispatcher Job Description and Projected Demand in Surrey, BC

Graduates of the ATC dispatcher program will be qualified to fill a variety of positions in the trucking and transportation industries. These include:

  • Compliance and safety or fleet management officer
  • Load planner
  • Operations manager
  • Dispatcher (for both local and highway transport)
  • Log book auditor
  • Logistics and brokerage clerk

Dispatcher and other related positions are fast-paced jobs that involve considerable multitasking. Some duties will include:

  • Maintaining computer, radio or phone contact with drivers
  • Ensuring trucks are properly weighed
  • Maintaining mileage, fuel use and expense logs and computerized versions of these logs
  • Monitoring workloads and time logs for drivers
  • Monitoring driver and cargo location
  • Providing route and traffic advice to drivers
  • Advising drivers of bad weather
  • Dispatching emergency assistance when required

The projected demand for newly trained dispatch professionals in the transportation and trucking industry is stable. There is expected to be a steady flow of available positions for qualified dispatchers over the next few years. The dispatcher training program at ATC boasts a 96% placement rate. The average annual salary for a fleet dispatcher in Canada is $45,829.

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